Great Lake Taupo Hot Pools

Great Lake Taupo is home to many geothermally heated mineral hot pools that can be enjoyed all year round.

Taupo thermal hot pools

Relaxing at Wairakei Terraces

A favourite with both adults and kids are the natural thermal mineral waters of Taupo DeBretts Hot Springs, set amongst native bush. The complex includes two thermal outdoor pools, 12 private pools, fresh water pools, a children’s warm water playground and hydroslides. 

AC Baths is perfect for kids and family. The geothermally heated complex includes a large outdoor leisure pool with two toddler areas, two 25-metre lane pools, an indoor learn-to-swim pool, two hydroslides, a tarzan swing, four private thermal mineral pools, a sauna and a café.

If you’re looking for peace and quiet, head to Wairakei Terraces Hot Pools to take advantage of their adults-only natural thermal springs. The pools vary in temperature and are positioned below silica terraces and a waterfall. The beautiful surroundings and native birdsong make Wairakei Terraces the perfect spot for a night of relaxation.

A favourite for those on a budget is the Otumuheke Stream at Spa Thermal Park. This is a free hot stream that flows into the Waikato River and creates natural hot pools. Just keep an eye on your belongings and avoid bringing any valuables.

More hot spots can be found dotted along the lakefront, look out for steam or ask a local, they’ll point you in the right direction.

Turangi & Tongariro thermal hot pools

Tokaanu Thermal Pools is a great swimming spot for the whole family. Located in the tranquil thermal village of Tokaanu, the thermal pools are fed by hot mineral springs. Indulge in a relaxing therapeutic soak in either a private mineral pool or the heated freshwater outdoor pool.

Families can also head to the Turtle Pools situated in the centre of Turangi. The indoor heated facilities include a 25 metre leisure and training pool, a 1.8m deep activity pool, a learners pool and toddler pool.

  • Wairakei Terraces and Thermal Health Spa

    Bathe in mineral & silica enriched thermal pools strategically located below the Wairakei silica terraces and waterfall, providing a perfect setting for complete rest and relaxation and a ‘feel back in time’ sensation.

    • Price $25 - $25
    • Location Wairakei
    • Activity Girl's Weekend Hot Pools Maori Culture Spa Treatments Volcanic/Geothermal
  • Lusty's Lagoon

    Lusty’s Lagoon, located within the Lake Taupo Holiday Resort, is New Zealand’s first thermally heated lagoon-style pool with swim-up bar and café, swim-in grotto cave and a giant outdoor movie screen.

    • Location Taupo
    • Activity Hot Pools
  • Living Waters Spa at Taupo Debretts

    Relax your body and soothe your soul in the tranquil world of this unique spa experience. This is where the healing mineral waters of DeBretts Hot Springs combine with therapeutic massage and luxurious body treatments.

    • Price $65 - $235
    • Location Taupo
    • Activity Girl's Weekend Hot Pools Spa Treatments
  • Otumuheke Stream, Spa Thermal Park

    Soak your worries away at the natural geothermal hot springs of Otumuheke Stream in Taupo’s Spa Thermal Park. This beautiful natural hot spot on the banks of the Waikato River is popular with locals and visitors alike.

    • Location Taupo
    • Activity Free Hot Pools
  • Mangakino Community Pool

    This family pool is a great asset to the Mangakino community, popular with both locals and visitors. The pool is heated by solar and gas but is closed during the winter months. It opens about mid October and closes around Easter (weather permitting)....

    • Price $3
    • Location Mangakino
    • Activity Hot Pools Mangakino Rainy Days
  • Tokaanu Thermal Pools

    Soak, soothe and relax in the magical mineral waters of Tokaanu Thermal Pools!

    • Price $6-$12
    • Location Turangi
    • Activity Family Hot Pools Spas/Health Resorts and Thermal Bathing Pools Turangi Family Activities Turangi Rainy Days Volcanic/Geothermal
  • AC Baths

    AC Baths is an all-weather, family-friendly, thermally heated pool complex that offers entertainment for visitors and the community.

    • Price $3 - $7
    • Location Taupo
    • Activity Hot Pools Spas/Health Resorts and Thermal Bathing Pools Taupo Rainy Days
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